SOS logo S.O.S. Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 73
January 2013

Trek Cornwall 2013 is a personal challenge set by a local Cornish woman and mum of two Jessica Hirons.

Jes will attempt to circumnavigate the whole of the Cornish coastline, nearly 300 miles in total with over 18,000 metres of climbing, starting from Hartland Quay and walking right around from the North to the South Coast, finishing at Cremyll on the border with Plymouth.

The main aim is to raise awareness and funds for Grey Seal Conservation around Cornwall. A number of charitable organisations work very hard to try to protect these amazing, rare animals.
Photo of Jessica Hirons was taken by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group
Along the way she intends to record seal sightings and other wildlife she sees, also observing some of the treacherous rock falls which have occurred over the past winter months. Taking with her a small lightweight tent, Jes will camp along the way but will appreciate offers of hospitality from friends. Jes has struggled with her weight her whole life so this already tough challenge is increased as she has from now until then to get herself in condition to complete the trek.

In comparison to other treks and challenges people attempt for charitable causes, Cornwall´s coastal path matches up to some of toughest! Plus it is environmentally friendly as there are no long flights, keeping a low carbon footprint.

In her spare time Jes volunteers for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Cornwall Seal Group and The Helford Marine Conservation Group, she is also a trained British Divers Marine Life Medic and Cornwall Wildlife Trust Stranding Network Volunteer. It is through her work with them that the idea for this challenge evolved.    Click here to visit Jes´s website.